Current Relief Updates!

Tornado Disaster Response Resources
Updated on June 12, 2019 at 8 AM

FAMILY ASSISTANCE CENTER (FAC)

Montgomery County, in partnership with ADAMHS (Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services Board), is now operating a Family Assistance Center at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located at 1500 Shiloh Springs Rd in Dayton. The center will operate until further notice from Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Center will serve as a “one stop” location to meet with representatives of Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County, American Red Cross, Montgomery County Auditor’s Office, Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services, St. Vincent DePaul, United Way HelpLink, Ohio BMV, and ABLE Legal Aid. The Center will offer access to one-on-one intervention services to assist with trauma and mental health needs for those individuals affect by the tornadoes. Trained specialists will help to identify needs and make referrals to appropriate services.

A computer lab will be available for displaced residents to access online services for such things as insurance claims, public assistance benefits, replacement Medicaid/Medicare cards, and information on senior services, housing and transportation services.

Public Health will be providing immunizations on Thursday, June 6, and free cribs for those affected by the tornadoes during all hours of operation. They will also provide information and referrals to other Public Health services.

The Salvation Army’s Kroc Center will operate a Resource Center at 1000 N. Keowee Street, Dayton, from 1 to 8 p.m., Thursday, June 6, through Saturday, June 8, and Monday, June 10, through Tuesday, June 11, from 1 to 8 p.m.

The Kroc Resource Center will provide tornado-affected individuals with hot meals, food boxes, hygiene kits, case management, gift cards, vouchers to Salvation Army stores, and emotional and spiritual care. Between June 6 and 11, a free RTA shuttle will operate 1-7 p.m., between the Family Assistance Center and the Salvation Army’s Dayton Kroc Center. 

Call the Kroc Center for more details at (937) 528-5100. 


Document Replacement and Legal Resource Clinic

Monday, June 17th 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Sinclair Community College (Building 12)

Through a collaboration of community groups and organizations, including the Community Action Partnership, Caresource, Montgomery County, ADAMHS, Lexis Nexis, Greene County Recorder Eric Sears, Montgomery County Auditor Karl Keith, the Ohio BMV, Montgomery County Recorder Brandon McClain, Montgomery County Clerk of Courts Mike Foley, The Greater Dayton Volunteer Lawyers Project, Advocates for Basic Legal Equity, Inc., Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Inc., Sinclair Community College, The Greater Dayton RTA, and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, residents impacted by the tornados that passed through our area on May 27 who have lost important documents can receive a waiver on all application fees for the following documents:

  • Driver’s License
  • Auto Title
  • Divorce Decree
  • Court ordered Name Change Document
  • Deeds
  • Marriage License
  • Social Security Card
  • Passport
  • Guardianship

Residents will also receive information on post-tornado issues and gain a better understanding of:

  •  FEMA assistance programs
  •  Nutritional programs and benefits such as emergency food stamps
  •  Landlord/tenant issues
  •  Insurance claim issues
  •  Homeowner mortgage payment options after a disaster
  •  Consumer fraud scams
  •  Tax relief options
  •  So much more

Residents will also have access to:

  •  Clothes
  •  Diapers/Wipes
  •  Food
  •  Household Items
  •  Cleaning Supplies
  •  Hygiene Products
  •  Toiletries
  •  Toys/Games

This event also features:

  • Free movie for children
  • Free parking will be available in the Building 12 garage
  • Free transportation to and from the event, during clinic hours, courtesy of RTA

For More Information, please contact the Greater Dayton Volunteer Lawyers Project at: (937)- 461-3857

MONTGOMERY COUNTY WAIVING FEES FOR UTILITY PERMITS

Montgomery County is helping the community to rebuild by issuing permits at no charge for electric and gas piping permits. This waiver is effective immediately for restoring services to properties affected by the recent storms. These waivers will be in effect through July 31. NOTE: Property owners still need to apply for permits for safe reconnection!

Property owners will still need to apply for an electric or gas piping permit. Each property will need to be inspected to ensure safety when turning on the utilities, but the fees for these permits will be waived. For electric and gas reconnects, DP&L and Vectren are already inspecting properties that sustained minor or no damage, and restoring service where it can be done safely. If they find damage or leaks, they will inform the owner or tenant to have the damage repaired, and to then contact Montgomery County Building Regulations for permits and inspections.

Any questions concerning permits for ensure safe utility reconnection should be directed to the Montgomery County Building Regulations Department at www.selectmcohio.com/mcohio/building or (937) 225-4622.

Steps to Request a Damage Assessment Permit

To request a damage assessment, follow these steps:

1. Apply for a Damage Assessment permit. (www.mcohio.org/build)
2. Permits will be issued within 48 hours.
3. Request the damage assessment inspection, and an inspector will visit your property the following business day to conduct the damage assessment.
4. When the assessment is completed, you will receive a damage assessment report which you can submit to your insurance agent.

NOTE: To view your damage assessment report online, go to www.mcohio.org/build, select “Check Permit Status”, and type in your case (building permit) number or the address of the property.

Please note, there are separate application forms for Commercial permits and 1,2 and 3 Family Residential permits.

For multi-family buildings, assessments may be applied for on a “per building” basis. You don’t need to apply separately for each apartment.

FEMA & DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS

We do not have a federal emergency declaration at this time. Our assessment teams have already conducted preliminary assessments of the property damage in the impacted communities. No FEMA relief sites are in operation in our area. FEMA will be conducting a separate damage assessment and making their own determination at a later time.

Auditor’s Office Notice: Properties damaged or destroyed in the Memorial Day tornadoes may be eligible for a deduction in taxable property value. Call the Montgomery County Auditor’s Office at 937-225-4326 or visit http://www.mcauditor.org/ to complete and submit a form.


Montgomery County Long Term Recovery Operations 

Just over two weeks ago, the Montgomery County area was hit with an EF4 tornado; that was just one of 15 tornadoes to touch down late Memorial Day evening. Our initial response, as a County, was one of public safety, initiating search and recovery operations, getting medical care to those in our community who needed it, and evacuating people out of dangerous situations.

Once the immediate needs were met, we began short-term recovery operations.

Now the short-term recovery operations are transitioning over to long-term recovery effort. These long-term efforts could likely take years.

For the long-term recovery operations, the County is partnering with the following organizations:

• The Dayton Foundation
• Lutheran Social Services Disaster Response 
• American Red Cross 
• St. Vincent de Paul 
• Sinclair Community College
• Miami Valley Community Action Partnership
• Catholic Social Services 
• The Salvation Army 
• St. Mary Development Corporation
• Rebuilding Together Dayton
• Goodwill/Easter Seals Miami Valley
• United Way of Greater Dayton 

Montgomery County will ensure that there is ongoing communication about the recovery effort, including how to get needed assistance, how individuals can assist in the recovery, and documentation of funds received and used.

WATER & SEWER UPDATE 

The boil advisory has been lifted for all of Dayton, Montgomery County, Greene County, Trotwood, and Brookville water systems. The conservation advisory is also lifted. You can return to normal water usage. We are no longer redirecting wastewater (sewage) into the Stillwater River. However, the river has not been cleared as safe by Public Health at this time.  

FOOD AND WATER NEEDS

We are coordinating shelter, food, water with jurisdictions, Red Cross and the Foodbank, Inc.  

  • Harrison Township Fire Station 94, open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 2400 Turner Road – food, water, hygiene, household supplies (both receiving and distributing).
  • Montgomery County Fairgrounds (Matthew 25: Ministries), 645 Infirmary Road – Water, Ice, Food, Other Supplies and Resources, also accepting donations 
  • The Foodbank, Inc., 56 Armor Place, Dayton – Food and Water  
  • Washington Township Rec Center, 895 Miamisburg-Centerville Rd. – Water, Other Supplies 
  • Montgomery County Environmental Services, 1850 Spaulding Rd, Kettering  – Water 

SHELTERS 

  • As of June 14, all of the previous shelters (Morton Middle School, Corinthian Church, and First Baptist Church in Kettering) have been consolidated to Bethesda Temple, 3701 Salem Ave, Dayton, OH.

HOUSING 

If a natural disaster destroyed your housing and you need assistance with moving expenses, rental deposit, rent and utility payments, contact these numbers for assistance & resources: 

  • Miami Valley Community Action Partnership: (937) 963-9433 
  • St. Vincent de Paul Conferences: (937) 222-5555 
  • Other: VRBO may offer reduced rates for shelter in time of disaster: www.vrbo.com 

If the tornadoes destroyed your rental housing to the point that it is deemed uninhabitable:  

  • Contact your landlord or property management company to ask if there are comparable units available. Units should be comparable in pricing, bedroom size, amenities, and location.  
  • You can immediately vacate the premises and notify the landlord in writing of your intention to terminate the rental agreement, in which case the agreement terminates on the date of vacating.  
  • You are entitled to a refund of your security deposit if you have been forced out of your housing unit long term due to a natural disaster situation that’s out of your control. 

Legal Assistance and Fair Housing Resource 

Homeowner Assistance – Home Repair Programs 
* CountyCorp: (937) 225-6328 
* Rebuilding Together Dayton: (937) 223-4893 
* People Working Cooperatively: (513) 351-7921 

Property Taxes: Properties damaged/destroyed in the Memorial Day tornadoes may be  eligible for a deduction in taxable property value. Call Montgomery County Auditor’s Office at (937) 225-4326 or visit http://www.mcauditor.org/.

Property Deeds: Montgomery County Recorder’s Office will provide FREE property deeds to those impacted by the storm. Visit the Montgomery County Recorder’s Office from 8AM to 4PM, M-F, at 5th Floor, County Administration Building, 451 W. Third St., Dayton.

PROGRAMS FOR STORM RELIEF FROM THE STATE TREASURER'S OFFICE

The Ohio Treasurer’s office administers two economic development programs that may be beneficial to impacted individuals or entities when insurance coverage or relief funds do not cover the full cost of repairs or replacement of property, equipment, or vehicles, or if those impacted did not have insurance coverage for the damage incurred.

ReEnergize Ohio and ECO-Link offer interest rate reduction on loans for damage from natural disasters for any Ohioan with a small business or a primary residence located in Ohio. The bank loan application must be submitted in conjunction with a participating Ohio depositary bank. The borrower and the bank loan officer complete the application online. Please contact the Ohio Treasurer’s Department of Economic Development at 614-466-6546 or 1-800-228-1102 for assistance finding a participating bank in your area.

ReEnergize Ohio (previously Renew Ohio) assists small business owners and farm operators who require loans to repair or replace their property. The ReEnergize Ohio linked-deposit program can work with SBA loans as well.

For construction loans, provides up to a 3% interest rate reduction on individual or commercial loans for up to four (4) years. The rate reduction is available on loans up to $550,000, with possible cap variance on a case by case basis.

For restoration loans, provides up to 3% interest rate reduction on loans up to four (4) years. The rate reduction is available on loans up to $550,000.

The online application consists of two brief forms – one from the applicant and one from the lender. Contractor estimates for a business construction project must be attached and must total greater than or equal to the full amount of the loan.

ECO-Link (previously Rebuild Ohio) assists homeowners with financing the restoration or replacement of their primary residence through the use of construction or restoration loans.

For construction loans, provides up to a 3% interest rate reduction on loans for up to two (2) years. The rate reduction is available on loans up to $400,000.

For restoration loans, provides up to a 3% interest rate reduction on loans for up to seven (7) years. The rate reduction is available on loans up to $50,000.

The online application consists of two brief forms – one from the applicant and one from the lender. Contractor estimates for the projects must be attached and total greater than or equal to the full amount of the loan.

More information about ReEnergize Ohio and ECO-Link can be found at http://www.tos.ohio.gov/Economic_Development. If you have any further questions, please contact the Ohio Treasurer’s Department of Economic Development at 614-466-6546 or 1-800-228-1102.

VETERANS
Contact Veterans Service Commission: (937) 225-4801 

OXYGEN REPLACEMENT
Call oxygen supplier (contact info located on oxygen bottle). 

MENTAL HEALTH AND EMOTIONAL SUPPORT 

  • Samaritan CrisisCare: (937) 224-4646 
  • Optum Public Crisis Line: Emotional support help line at (866) 342-6892 is free of charge and available to anyone. Caring professionals will connect people to resources. It will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 
  • SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline: 800-985-5990 
    Nationwide hotline for individuals experiencing emotional distress for any disaster.  
    Or text ‘TalkWithUs’ to 66746 

FREE TORNADO HOME CLEANUP HOTLINE AVAILABLE NOW 

Survivors needing assistance with home cleanup may call: 800-451-1954. 

From now until June 14, 2019, several relief agencies are staffing a free hotline for tarping, tree-cutting, debris removal, and home cleanup. This hotline will connect survivors with reputable and vetted relief agencies that will assist in debris cleanup, as they are able. All services are free, but service is not guaranteed due to the expected overwhelming need. 

Importantly, this hotline cannot assist with social services such as food, clothing, shelter, insurance, or questions about FEMA registration. 

Please call United Way’s Help Link #211 for help with social services.

DEBRIS MANAGEMENT AND REMOVAL 

Our Solid Waste District located at 1001 Encrete Ln., Moraine, OH has announced extended hours to accept solid waste and yard waste. 

Monday – Friday: 6am – 8pm 

Saturday : 7am – 4pm  

Sunday – CLOSED

Montgomery County residents in heavily affected areas will experience approximately a 20% reduction in disposal costs only. This action shall go into effect June 4 thru July 30 to help residents impacted by the recent tornados/storms. This reduction in cost is due to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) agreeing to waive the State disposal fee of $4.75 per ton and Montgomery County waiving the solid waste generation fee of $3.00 per ton. 

Yard Waste/Brush:

  • Yard waste and brush disposal is FREE for Montgomery County residents at the Solid Waste District. All yard waste must be clean and free of debris/trash. No larger than 24” diameter pieces. No stumps. Contractors will be charged at $36/ton for yard waste and brush disposal. 
  • Residents should continue putting yard waste and brush debris at curbside. Local jurisdictions, private haulers, and volunteers are helping to remove yard waste and brush and take it to the appropriate location. 
  • Residents can the call crisis management hotline for help gaining debris removal assistance: 800-451-1954
  • Additional information at (937) 225-4999 or www.mcswd.org.

Trash: Jurisdictions and private haulers are helping to manage cleanup for trash and construction/demolition debris by providing large dumpsters in affected areas.

Construction/Demolition Debris:

  • Construction and demolition material can be dropped off for a fee at Solid Waste District, 1001 Encrete Lane, Moraine, OH. Call (937) 225-4999.
  • Jurisdictions and private haulers are helping to manage cleanup for trash and construction/demolition debris by providing large dumpsters in affected areas.

Companies offering specific disposal services are: 

Champion Equipment & Supply, 3600 Valley Street, Riverside, Ohio 45424 

Accepting: Tree debris ONLY (no trash)  

Open 7:30 am – 5:30 pm, M – F; Open 8:00 am – 3:00 pm, Saturday; Closed Sunday 

Vance Rd Hard Fill: 2101 Vance Rd., Dayton, OH  

Accepting: Construction & demolition debris ONLY (No trash and/or yard waste) 

Open 7am – 5 pm, Monday – Friday; Open 8am – 2pm, Saturday 

STILLWATER RIVER UPDATE
Public Health has given the ALL CLEAR for the Stillwater River and the Great Miami River as it pertains to sewage discharge in the area. Read their official press release HERE

PET SUPPLIES & DONATIONS

The Animal Resource Center has received an incredible outpouring of community support with donations of pet food, cat litter, and bottled water. With a large amount of pet supplies already donated, the Animal Resource Center is serving as a spot for those affected by the Memorial Day tornadoes to pick up supplies. Anyone who needs a bag of food or other supplies can stop by the Animal Resource Center.

The Animal Resource Center will also continue to accept donations from the community to help our community’s pets. Anyone willing to donate can bring food, cat litter, water, and other pet necessities to the Animal Resource Center. Supplies can be dropped off or picked up during regular business hours:

  • Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Animal Resource Center is located at 6790 Webster St., Dayton, 45414. For any questions, contact the Animal Resource Center at (937) 898-4457.

DONATIONS 

  • Donate money to Red Cross at 1-800-RED-CROSS, www.redcross.org, or text the word RedCROSS to 90999. 
  • Donate money to The Foodbank, Inc. 
  • Community Blood Center is in critical need of type O positive blood. Emergency room usage was high during Memorial Day weekend & storm damage has forced blood drive cancellations. Dayton CBC at 349 South Main St. is operating. Schedule donation at http://www.DonorTime.com or call 1-800-388-GIVE.

DONATION DROP OFF LOCATIONS

MAIN SITE: St. Vincent de Paul Community Store, 24/7 Donation Center, 120 W. Apple St., Dayton, OH 45402 

The City of Dayton has opened three recreation facilities that will accept In-kind donations smaller than a skid: (6AM-9PM, M-F, Sat 8AM-4PM) Note: People can get showers here too. 

  • Northwest Recreation Center, 1600 Princeton Dr, Dayton, OH 45406 
  • Greater Dayton Recreation Center, 2021 W Third St, Dayton, OH 45417 
  • Lohrey Recreation Center, 2366 Glenarm Ave, Dayton, OH 45420 

LARGE DONATIONS (large trucks, semis, skids or larger): Expo Center Dayton Airport, 3900 McCauley Drive, Vandalia, OH 45377, Open 7AM-2PM, Monday through Friday 

Montgomery County Fairgrounds, 645 Infirmary Rd, Dayton, is also accepting donations.  

MONTGOMERY COUNTY VOLUNTEER RECEPTION CENTER  

Individuals wishing to volunteer with recovery efforts can sign up at the Montgomery County Volunteer Reception Center located at Sinclair Community College. All types of assistance are needed. Licensed professionals in skilled trades, as well as individuals and companies that own and operate equipment (everything from chainsaws to heavy equipment) are very much needed and encouraged to volunteer their time. Volunteers must sign up in person and bring a picture ID.

Location: Sinclair Community College, Bldg 12, Room 12201, (garage under building 12, entrance on 4th near Perry)

  • Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday, 8 AM- 4:30 PM 
  • Phone number: 937-512-5700 
  • Email: VRC@Sinclair.edu

Individuals will not typically be matched the same day they register so we encourage you to plan ahead.

Organizations seeking volunteers to assist with relief work should indicate their specific needs on this form. Click here to view the Organization/Agency Request Form for Volunteers.   

FREE BIRTH CERTIFICATES

Public Health Dayton & Montgomery County will be offering free birth certificates, cribs, and Hepatitis A vaccines for those affected by the tornadoes at 

Trotwood Government Center (2400 Olive Rd.) - Tuesday, June 18 from 9am - 4pm


Brookville Fire Station (75 E. Upper Lewisburg-Salem Rd.)- Thursday, June 20 from 9am - 4pm.

In addition, Public Health will have information available about how to get a replacement Medicare, Medicaid, or Social Security card. Birth certificates may be needed to help members of the public identify themselves to be eligible for relief services and to replace other identification documents.

Harrison Township Community Center
5495 N. Dixie Dr.
Dayton, Ohio 45414

For more information about birth certificates, call (937) 496-3117.

SNAP DEADLINE – JUNE 6

This Thursday, June 6, 2019 was the deadline for SNAP food assistance recipients to apply for replacement benefits if power was lost for four hours or more as a result of the May 27th storms. If you had an existing SNAP case and lost power for four or more hours, causing your SNAP food to spoil, you could have applied by completing the application online at http://bit.ly/SnapReplacementApp.

Upon completion of this form, please return to Family Assistance at the Job Center located at 1111 S. Edwin C. Moses Blvd in Dayton.  Alternatively, it can be faxed to (937) 496-3306 or emailed to Mmcdjfs@jfs.ohio.gov.  Our specialists will work with DP&L to verify your power status and eligibility.

Additional details on applying for SNAP benefits can be found at http://bit.ly/MCSnapBenefits.

Food assistance resources are available on the Montgomery County website at http://bit.ly/MCFoodAssistance.

FOR COMPANIES/SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS 

The Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce has put together a listing of resources for business owners impacted by the storm. View it here: https://daytonchamber.org/disaster-relief-in-dayton-how-chamber-members-can-give-receive/ 

If your business has been impacted or disrupted by the recent severe weather and tornadoes, BusinessFirst! will connect you with resources and assistance. General phone number: 937-225-4351. Link: www.resources4business.info/businessfirst/protectMyBusiness.html#panel6 

ASBESTOS

For emergency demolitions, a variance can be given by Regional Air Pollution Control Agency (RAPCA) for the asbestos inspection, the 10-working day wait, or the requirement to remove all regulated asbestos containing materials prior to the start of demolition activities of a facility. Emergency demolition means any demolition operation conducted under a written order issued by a state or local governmental agency because a facility is structurally unsound and in danger of collapse. Please note, residential structures having fewer than 4 dwelling units are exempt from all asbestos regulations. 

For full details visit www.phdmc.org or contact the RAPCA Asbestos Coordinator with questions and for assistance at 937-225-4435. 

OPEN BURNING OF DEBRIS PROHIBITED 

Many communities are faced with the task of disposing of large quantities of debris from the recent storms. Ohio has strict rules prohibiting the open burning of any waste material, including storm debris, within city limits. Storm debris includes any and all materials such as trees, brush, building materials, and trash. 

Open burning contributes to the overall degradation of our air quality and causes breathing difficulties for those suffering from respiratory illnesses like asthma, emphysema, and bronchitis. It can also cause safety concerns with fire hazards that can cause further property damage and smoke that can reduce visibility on nearby roads, especially when there is limited access to water for fire protection. 

Contact your local municipalities for information concerning disposal methods and available assistance, or contact RAPCA at 937-225-4435 to get guidance.